Texas DWI Defense Attorney Talks about DWI Diversion

While DWI diversion is becoming more and more common, it is important that Texas drivers understand that diversion is not available in all counties. In the counties that do offer diversion, each county’s program is different. If you are charged with DWI, it is certainly worth inquiring whether diversion is available and what it entails if it is available.

One example of a Texas DWI diversion program exists in Harris County. The program, which is aptly named DIVERT, offers offenders a chance to avoid a conviction by pleading guilty and then completing the program requirements within one year while their verdict is deferred. Because each DWI defendant has unique needs, the requirements of each participant’s program can be tailored to address those needs. The program requirements may include treatment, supervision, ignition interlock devices, and other measures which are designed to help participants complete the program successfully and avoid repeat offenses after they have completed it. In Harris County, as in other places where diversion is available, drivers who are eligible to participate in the program do have to pay fees for program services, as well as fines.

Some counties offer both pre-conviction and post-conviction DWI diversion programs. Tarrant County’s Felony Alcohol Intervention Program is an example of a post-conviction diversion program. The program is designed to address the needs of high-risk DWI offenders. In order to be eligible for the program, a defendant must be a United States Citizen or permanent resident and a resident of Tarrant County who is over the age of seventeen. They must also be charged with felony DWI, but they may not have any other prior convictions or pending cases, under section 42.12 3g of the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure. Additionally, they may not have any intoxication assault convictions or prior involuntary or intoxication manslaughter convictions, and they may not currently be on parole or on community supervision in another jurisdiction

Drivers who have been accused of driving while intoxicated should know that in addition to the well-known potential outcomes of DWI cases which include dismissal, conviction, and diversion, there are many different variations which can constitute a positive outcome for some DWI defendants. Each DWI defendant is an individual who has unique needs and priorities. An experienced Texas DWI defense attorney can pursue a range of outcomes in your DWI case that are designed to protect those things that are most important to you. Defendants who choose to represent themselves in DWI cases are not likely to be aware of the variety of ways in which they could resolve their DWI cases. Because of this, they stand to miss out on important opportunities which could make life after being accused of driving while intoxicated a whole lot easier than it is likely to be without knowing about those options.

If you have questions about what options may be available in your DWI case, call seasoned Texas DWI Defense Attorney Jack Pettit today, at 214-521-4567, to learn more.



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